redolent

When something is redolent of something, it makes you think of that thing by making a pretty strong impression on you. He had a shifty eye redolent of years of lying and petty crime.

People used to use redolent of something with a strong, distinctive odor. Now, think of it as "stinks of" — but in a fancy way. If you're touring an old castle, you might say that the worn carpet and handsome woodwork are redolent of the place's former glory, though otherwise it's a dump.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: redolent

1
adj
having a strong pleasant odor
2
adj
serving to bring to mind
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: redolent
1

adj having a strong pleasant odor

“"the pine woods were more redolent"- Jean Stafford”
Synonyms:
aromatic
fragrant
pleasant-smelling

adj (used with `of' or `with') noticeably odorous

“the hall was redolent of floor wax”
“air redolent with the fumes of beer and whiskey”
Synonyms:
smelling
odorous
having odor or a characteristic odor
2

adj serving to bring to mind

“"cannot forbear to close on this redolent literary note"- Wilder Hobson”
“a campaign redolent of machine politics”
Synonyms:
evocative, remindful, reminiscent, resonant
aware, mindful
bearing in mind; attentive to
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